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aller­ton Project, le­ices­ter awool­[email protected] per cent on last year when De­fra recorded 1,011,000 incidents. most of the loads dumped were of “small van” size with “car boot or smaller” sized loads com­ing se­cond. House­hold waste such as fur­ni­ture, white goods and DIY waste was the most com­monly dumped cat­e­gory of rub­bish, with trade waste mak­ing up a small per­cent­age of the to­tal. and fail­ure to dis­pose prop­erly of fly-tipped rub­bish can lead to fines for il­le­gally stor­ing waste. In 2017, one landowner was left fac­ing a bill of more than £100,000 after 250 tonnes of rub­bish were dumped on his land.

The sit­u­a­tion fac­ing landown­ers was de­scribed by Coun­try­side al­liance head of pol­icy Sarah lee as “an in­jus­tice that means those who are the vic­tims of fly-tip­ping also have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to dis­pose of the waste legally”.

Shoot­ing Times reader Sean Jones, who lives on the edge of Sal­is­bury Plain in Wilt­shire, fre­quently en­coun­ters fly-tipped waste. “Ev­ery time I visit my lo­cal syn­di­cate shoot I will find some­thing dumped,” he said. “Gar­den waste is the most com­mon thing I see dumped, of­ten a cou­ple of black bags.”

But the prob­lem can be much more se­vere. He added: “I’ve seen gate­ways com­pletely blocked with tipped rub­ble, which causes re­ally se­ri­ous is­sues for farm­ers try­ing to ac­cess land.”

Sean told Shoot­ing Times that the min­istry of De­fence is ac­tive in try­ing to keep fly-tip­ping un­der con­trol on the Plain, but that most of the work of clear­ing up is done by landown­ers, shoot op­er­a­tors and lo­cal vol­un­teers.

Matt Cross

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